UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is set to defend his belt this February 5th against fellow Brazilian Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. Both men are known primarily for their otherworldly striking prowess, but they also both hold black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo. Though MMA is a sport which lends itself to unpredictability, this match up comes as close as any can in promising intrigue and excitement considering their similar, high-level skill sets. Silva’s BJJ coach Ramon Lemos recently spoke with Portal Do Vale Tudo (props to Fighters Only) and gave his thoughts on how Silva and Belfort match up.
“Man, we know the opponent we’re going to face, you know? So, with the experience we have got in jiu-jitsu and now with Anderson in MMA, we can predict what he might come to do and we have been training for everything, as well as to surprise him or to defend his moves, so I don’t see any problem at all,” Lemos explained.
Lemos told Fighters Only that he believes Silva is well-prepared in all areas of the game and that Belfort will be in trouble if he looks for an easy victory by taking the fight to the mat.
“I think Vitor is an excellent fighter but he is similar to all the top athletes around. Anderson is where he is training muay Thai, boxing, jiu-jitsu, doing clinch, so he is ready to do what the opponent demands from him,” said Lemos. “People like to say that ‘Vitor is better at jiu-jitsu, watch out!’ – well, everybody who took Anderson down got tapped man, so I didn’t see Anderson not being able to finish a bout on the ground yet.”
Silva and Belfort will face off this February 5th in the main event of UFC 126, which is set to go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.